EastEnders hunk Paul Nicholls still smouldering at 41 as he goes for a stroll in north London

PAUL Nicholls was spotted enjoying a lovely post-Christmas stroll in Primrose Hill on Monday.

The 41-year-old actor is still sporting his smouldering good looks, which gave him a pin up status during his EastEnders days.

The British star played the role of Joe Wicks on the BBC show from 1996 until 1997.

As he went for a wander in north London with a mystery female, Paul appeared to be in good spirits as he smiled whilst chatting away to the woman.

The Ackley Bridge actor had dressed casually for the outing, sporting a pair of blue denim jeans, a white button up top and Converse trainers.

Paul stayed warm in a stone coloured coat and even wore a black face mask as and his female companion stopped by a shop.

It seems Paul has recovered well following his horrific accident in Thailand three years ago.

The actor was rushed to hospital after plummeting from a jungle waterfall in the popular Asian destination.

He spent three days trapped in a rock pool with a smashed leg and only survived thanks to a sharp-eyed Thai local.

The villager spotted a seemingly abandoned motorbike the actor had used to travel to the remote beauty spot on the island of Koh Samui.

Cops were alerted and a huge search launched after they discovered the Brit had hired the bike and gone missing.

He was semi-conscious and had hypothermia after three days in agony at the foot of the Khun Si falls.

He was unable to climb out of the water because of a busted right leg.

Nicholls said the fall destroyed his kneecap and it would need to be completely reconstructed.

Paul made a name for himself and became a teen pin-up when he joined the cast of EastEnders in March 1996.

During his 18 month in the Square, Paul played Joe Wicks, who had schizophrenia. His portrayal of the condition won huge praise from viewers.

Before starring in the hit BBC soap, he was a child star, appearing in Children's Ward, Earthfasts and The Biz.

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